Sign on San Diego: "Clemency reform tied to SDSU killing passes Senate panel"

By Michael Gardner

Sacramento — A measure to provide victims and prosecutors with a 10-day warning when a governor is weighing clemency appeals continued its unanimous advance through the Legislature.

The Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday approved the legislation, which was introduced in response to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s surprise decision to cut by more than half the sentence handed down to the son of a political ally involved in a fatal brawl at San Diego State two years ago.

“It gives victims the ability to have their voices heard,” said Dawn Koepke, representing Crime Victims United, an advocacy group.